Dr Simon Young

Research Fellow

BMS B305
tel. 01334 463417
fax. 01334 462595

My research and teaching interests are in molecular biology, microbiology and parasitology. I am principally focused on researching Human African Trypanosomiasis, a neglected tropical disease of sub-Saharan Africa.

I am a Wellcome Trust funded research fellow. Apart from lengthy stays working in Kenya and Cambridge, he has spent his academic career in Scotland, at the Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Dundee as well as St. Andrews.

My research and teaching interests are in molecular biology, microbiology and parasitology, principally researching lipid metabolism in Human African Trypanosomiasis. 

Using mass spectrometry I am also performing lipidomics on medically important microorganisms and insects.



Young, SA, Roberts, MD & Smith, TK 2016, The Importance of Targeting Lipid Metabolism in Parasites for Drug Discovery. in Comprehensive Analysis of Parasite Biology: From Metabolism to Drug Discovery. 1st edn, vol. 7, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, Germany, pp. 335.
Trindade, S, Rijo-Ferreira, F, Carvalho, T, Pinto-Neves, D, Guegan, F, Aresta-Branco, F, Bento, F, Young, SA, Pinto, A, Van Den Abbeele, J, Ribeiro, RM, Dias, S, Smith, TK & Figueiredo, LM 2016, 'Trypanosoma brucei parasites occupy and functionally adapt to the adipose tissue in mice' Cell Host & Microbe, vol 19, no. 6, pp. 837-848. DOI: 10.1016/j.chom.2016.05.002
Young, S & Smith, TK 2015, Lipids and liposomes in the enhancement of health and treatment of disease. in O Vallisuta & S Olimat (eds), Drug Discovery and Development - From Molecules to Medicine. InTech, pp. 131-162. DOI: 10.5772/59665
Lilley, AC, Major, LL, Young, S, Stark, MJR & Smith, TK 2014, 'The essential roles of cytidine diphosphate-diacylglycerol synthase in bloodstream form Trypanosoma brucei' Molecular Microbiology, vol 92, no. 3, pp. 453-470. DOI: 10.1111/mmi.12553
Young, S, Mina, J, Denny, P & Smith, T 2012, 'Sphingolipid and ceramide homeostasis: potential therapeutic targets' Biochemistry Research International, vol 2012, 248135. DOI: 10.1155/2012/248135
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